Essay and Writing Contests

2013 Essay Contest Winners and their Prize-winning Essays!
A large crowd gathered in Edith Wharton’s elegant living room at The Mount on March 23 to hear the four winners of the 2013 BFWW Essay Contest read their essays on “Masculinity.” The winners are pictured below: They were introduced by Essay Contest...

Check back often–we’ll be announcing the winners of the 2013 Essay Contest very soon! The three winners will be reading their essays at a special gala celebration at The Mount from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Please join us! Share...

Essay Contest Deadline Extended to January 28
Essay contest hosts Michelle Gillett and Nina Ryan are pleased to announce that this year’s BFWW Essay Contest, on the theme of “Masculinity, ” will be judged by Katherine Bouton, a New York Times senior editor for more than two decades and author of...

Calling all Berkshire women writers: please get out your pens or fire up your laptops and enter the Second Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Essay Contest, sponsored by Michelle Gillett and Nina Ryan and judged by Berkshire resident Katherine Bouton, retired...

First prize winner was Hilda Banks Shapiro. Her essay can be read here: Hilda Banks Shapiro essay First runner-up: “Mothering by Moonlight, ” by Suzanne C. Fowle An Excerpt: ….My friend, Carla, hiked the Appalachian Trail a few years ago. The whole...

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